What does the word scurvy mean?

Usage examples for scurvy

  1. For imagine what the effect would be if, in addition to the other measures indicated, we got rid of all the enactments affecting labour, and again allowed the employment of climbing boys as chimney- sweeps, of women and small children in mines, of men and women in white- lead works without precaution of any kind, of sailors in the merchant service without the protection of lime- juice against scurvy and of survey against sinking; picture what the population of our manufacturing districts would by this time have become without the protection afforded by the Factory Acts; remember what an improvement has been made in the way of guarding dangerous machinery, owing to the penalties inflicted upon careless owners by the Employers' Liability Act; and then answer whether State- interference is necessarily a bad thing. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins
  2. S'pose we get scurvy and can't work; we'd freeze to death in a fortnight. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)